UCLA rewards Tekes' Minh Lam for work with Global Access Program

To be acknowledged for a job well done is a great motivator. Tekes' Senior Adviser Minh Lam has received the prestigious John Wooden award for his work overseeing the Global Access Program (GAP).

Tekes administers the Global Access Program in Finland. It's an opportunity for companies to develop their international business expertise together with MBA students from the University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA), Anderson School of Management, one of the best business school in the world. Tekes can finance costs for company participation.

Minh Lam has overseen the GAP for the past ten years and this award, bestowed at the conclusion of GAP 2015, when MBA teams presented their business plans to the company executives and judges, acknowledges his commitment to the program.

Hailed as one of the all-time best coaches, John Wooden was a long-time UCLA Bruins basketball head coach, who won an unprecedented ten NCAA national championships for his team in a 12-year period. For the first time the award bearing his name was granted to Finland and to a GAP partner.

"Minh Lam has been our main contact with Tekes for over 10 years. Each year he has introduced us to between 15 and 20 potential candidates for us to consider for the program. We accepted an average of 15 companies each year," Director of GAP Bob Foster tells.

A total of 177 Finnish SME companies have participated in the GAP since 1999 and their experiences have been excellent.

As of 1 January 2016, Minh was promoted to the position of programme manager of Tekes' BEAM – Business with Impact programme and his successor will be selected from within Tekes.

At the conclusion of GAP 2015 in December, Tekes and UCLA representatives also signed a five-year contract to continue the GAP cooperation.

Photo: Susanna Lehto

Kaj Nordgren
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